A Spring Betrayal (Inspector Akyl Borubaev – 2) by Tom Callaghan
We uncovered the last of the bodies in the red hour before dusk, as the sun stained the snowcaps of the Tian Shan mountains the colour of dried blood and the spring air turned sharp and cold . . .
Inspector Akyl Borubaev of Bishkek Murder Squad has been exiled to the far corner of Kyrgystan, but death still haunts him at every turn.
Borubaev soon finds himself caught up in a mysterious and gruesome new case: several children’s bodies have been found buried together – all tagged with name bands. In his search for the truth behind the brutal killings, Borubaev hits a wall of silence, with no one to turn to outside his sometime lover, the beautiful undercover agent Saltanat Umarova.
When Borubaev himself is framed for his involvement in the production of blood-soaked child pornography, it looks as though things couldn’t get any worse. With the investigation at a dangerous standstill, Borubaev sets out to save his own integrity, and to deliver his own savage justice on behalf of the many dead who can’t speak for themselves . . .
Akyl Borubaev has been sent to exile in Karakol, one of the remote villages of Kyrgustan part of the former Soviet Union. While there he is called in to investigate the discovery of seven children’s bodies that have been discovered in a shallow grave. They have all been brutalized and murdered but the one thing they all have in common is that they have an orphanage identification band.
Akyl starts looking in the deaths and is warned away by several people. Those that have killed the children are powerful. When he keeps digging, Akyl finds that he has been accused of being a pedophile and having videos of abuse of children and worse. But he is going to keep digging until he can find the killers and clear his name.
I really enjoyed this story. There was a lot going on, a great mystery, and a brutal, realistic story. When I mean realistic be prepared to hate people. But it was well written and kept me turning pages to see how it was going to end.
I have not read A Killing Winter but I don’t think this really affected my reading of A Spring Betrayal. I enjoyed this book enough that I will definitely be reading A Killing Winter. If you like a great mystery/thriller this is one book that you need to check out.
I received A Spring Betrayal for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.